New markets for land and nature: How Natural Infrastructure Schemes could pay for a better environment

By Editor on 12th October 2016

Green Alliance’s new report examines the pressures which agriculture is under – to increase production, reduce its environmental impact and eliminate its dependence on public subsidy. 

With many farming businesses operating at the limit of their profitability, often to the detriment of soil health, water quality and biodiversity, there is a need for financial support to help farmers restore and protect the natural environment.  This report proposes a new payment mechanism, the Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS), an area based market in avoided costs, delivering environmental improvements by bringing together groups of land managers to sell ecosystem services to groups of beneficiaries.